It seems like I haven’t been here for a while and I’m definitely not proud of it. But I do believe that sometimes you just have to take a step back, have a moment for yourself and come back stronger and better.
So here I am with my new project! Let me tell you something about one of my biggest hobbies – writing postcards. Learning new things about the other cultures was always extremely important to me. I’d tried many ways to do that (watching TV programmes, reading travel books and blogs or joining websites which allow you to chat with people about their country) but none of them lived up to my expectations. I thought that I’d be able to know something the other people don’t know, I desired the ‘secret knowledge’ about the customs in different countries, I wanted to know what people there eat, what they do in their free time, how they feel about various things and who they are. I was just curious about everything I’m not familiar with.
And exactly one year ago I found the Postcrossing project and it was like my dreams came true. Basically, it’s a platform which helps you to exchange postcards with people all around the world. The more postcards you send, the more you receive. In your profile you can write about your favourite types of postcards, whether you want them sent in an envelope or not, what your hobbies are or what you want to know about (once I had to check the price of bread, flour and butter in my shop as one lady asked for this information). And what’s more important, you’ll have lots of great memories for the future. You can even make some friends there!
When I started this, my goal was to write and receive 100 postcards and discontinue it but now, a year after, and with my goal achieved I can’t imagine doing that. Probably I won’t have time to write as many postcards as I used to but there’s no way for me to stop it.
As I’m very proud of my collection so far, I wanted to show you the postcards I’ve received so far. Today you’ll have a look at postcards from the Netherlands. I’ve never been to this beautiful country except for a petrol station on my way to Belgium and I’m very happy that I have the opportunity to learn so many new things. I always ask people to write something in their native language and it’s awesome when they actually do it! Now I know so many useful expressions in Dutch and the cutest thing is that I got a postcard from someone who is learning Polish and almost the whole postcard was written in Polish and I was so amazed by it when I read it for the first time, you can’t imagine.
A very cool feature on Postcrossing is that you have your own statistics and a map which shows the way your postcards (both sent and received) have to cover. So far I’ve received 10 cards from the Netherlands and sent there 7 which makes this country 3rd on my list with Germany and Russia in the lead. In general, I have 103 postcards sent, 102 received and 4 still traveling and I look forward to at least double this number in the future!
Stay tuned for more posts! xx